The Society of African American Alumni provides four recurring scholarships valued at $1,000 each for African American students who have proven to be leaders among their peers. As the cost of college steadily rises, the Society wants to be prepared to offer these students more financial help. In October 2008, Society kicked off our $100,000 “Be the Dream” campaign in hopes of bringing the scholarship endowment fund up to $180,000, which would double the amount of scholarship money given to these students.

Put simply, every gift matters. Your role is to participate, no matter how big or small the amount you feel compelled to give turns out to be. Did you know you can have an automatic deduction from your account set up? Imagine what the power of all of us giving $5, $10, $20 each month could add up to be! Our immediate goal this year is to raise $40,000 before June 30. Won’t you help?

Click here to give to the scholarship fund
At Step 2, you will need to select Scholarship Fund from the drop down menu and type in your designation to the Society of African American Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Howard & Kayla Bailey Leadership Scholarship Application
Scholarship applications for the Fall 2016 school year are available by clicking the link above. The scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 per academic year for four (4) years to be used at Western Kentucky University AND enrollment in the Alumni Leadership Scholars (ALS) program.  The ALS program is a leadership development program that meets on a regular basis to visit alumni at businesses and organizations in the community and across the state.  To maintain scholarship and ALS participation eligibility throughout each of four years, participants must maintain compliance with all ALS standards (grade maintenance, event attendance, and campus leadership exhibition). A scholarship committee comprised of officials from Western Kentucky University and the Society of African-American Alumni will choose a select number of applicants from the applicant pool to be finalists for the scholarship.  Finalists will be required to go through an interview process. For more information, contact Marshall Gray at